India – Government removes requirement of payment of GST on advances received for supply of goods and allows manual filing of refund applications


The CBEC has issued notification nos. 55-66/2017-Central Tax, Circular no. 16/16/2017-GST, 17/17/2017-GST and order no. 9-10/2017-GST, all dated 15 November, 2017. While majority of the amendments give effect to the changes announced in the 23rd GST Council meeting, there are a few other significant relaxations, Read More »

India – Government extends due date for filing GSTR 1, GSTR 2 and GSTR 3 for the months of July and August, 2017


The Government has tweeted on its official twitter handle for queries on GST about the extension of due dates for submission of detailed returns in Forms GSTR 1, GSTR 2 and GSTR 3 for the months of July and August, 2017. The formal notification for extending the timelines is expected shortly. Read More »

India – The Government confirmed the introduction of GST as from 01 July and finalises pending rules


After the end of the seventeenth meeting of the GST Council, the Government has categorically reiterated the introduction of GST from 01 July.

Considering the preparedness of the Industry, the GST Council has relaxed the return filing timelines for the first two months after the introduction of GST. The GST Council also finalised five sets of rules (except e-way bills) and the rate of tax on lottery, in addition to amending the rate of tax for the hospitality industry. Read More »

India – The Government reduces tax rate on 66 items, increases the composition limit from INR 5 million to INR 7.5 million, and finalises accounts and records rules


The Government reduces tax rate on 66 items, increases the composition limit from INR 5 million to INR 7.5 million, and finalises accounts and records rules.

In brief
At its sixteenth meeting, the GST Council decided to reduce the tax rates on 66 items out of the 133 items for which it had received representations. Read More »

India – Government issues draft rules for accounts and records, appeals and revision, and advance ruling


The Central Government has issued draft rules for accounts and records, appeals and revision, and advance ruling. This is in addition to rules issued earlier for comments from the stakeholder. With this, the Government has issued most of the rules for the Goods and Services Tax regime.

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India – 1 July 2017 seems the possible date for GST implementation


Eleventh meeting of GST Council – GST Council clears CGST and IGST law

In a constructive meeting of the GST Council, various important aspects have been finalised. The CGST and IGST laws have been formally approved by the GST Council.Read More »

India – The Government is still aiming to pass the GST laws till 16 of December


358699_web_r_b_by_dieter-schutz_pixelio-deEven though no progress was made in the last GST Council meeting on 2 and 3 December 2016, last month had seen substantial developments on the GST front. Few of these have been summarised below for reference:

(i) Rates decided

In the meeting held on 3 November 2016, a multi-tiered GST rate structure was finalised as under:Read More »

India – Implementation of GST in 2017


649152_web_r_k_b_by_katharina-wieland-muller_pixelio-deThe Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill was passed in Indian Parliament (Rajya Sabha on August 3 and has been approved by the Lok Sabha on the 8th August). It has been ratified by 50% of the states. The government is aiming for an implementation date of 1 April 2017. However based on the feedback received from our colleagues, the industry is hoping that such date could be delayed to July 2017 as a lot remain to be done to allow the implementation. The new GST Law will impact IT systems, accounting processes, contracts and business models. Read More »

United Arab Emirates – Introduction of VAT, further progress


634058_web_R_by_M. Hermsdorf_pixelio.deUAE government has made some progress in the process of introducing VAT in the country by 2018.

According to a recent Statement by the UAE Ministry of Finance officials, the registration thresholds under consideration are as follows:

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New Zealand – Tax Bill proposes GST registration for foreign B2C e-service providers as of 1 October 2016


People walking in a plaza/square - PwC, Photo_RGB_PC_ 442.jpgFurther to my previous post the New Zealand Government submitted its legislative proposal in relation to the GST law reform on offshore online purchases of services.

The Government has followed the modern VAT/GST practices and OECD recommendations and has decided to reform the GST system. The reforms focus on two main Areas:
1. Digital products and cross border services, in respect of which draft legislation proposes imposing GST on digital products and other Services purchased by New Zealand private consumers from offshore sellers. The new rules will apply from 1 October 2016.Read More »